Create for a Cause Blog Hop

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Today’s Put your foot down will be available tomorrow, Friday Feb 5th.

Welcome to day 4 of the “Create for a Cause” Blog Hop. Today fellow Island Batik Ambassador Janet Yamamoto from Whispers of Yore and I are sharing our finishes using Freedom 2 designed by Kathy Engle. You can have a closer look at the individual fabrics in the collection by visiting the Island Batik Freedom 2 page.

There is also a Store Locator link to find your nearest lqs that carries IB fabric.

island batik fabric

So let’s get to it. As you can see there are are a couple shades of red and blue with different designs. Some are swirls, some are stars, there is the Statue of Liberty. the national seal and also a design that reminds me of fireworks. If I had to chose just one as a favorite it would be difficult but I do ♥ the white with gold stars. Oh, and then there is the fabric that says Honor, America, Loyalty… FYI, the yellow and purple fabric above is not part of the collection.

My design

Naturally I had to make something for a veteran and I played with the layout a little. The blue background in the eagle block looked out of place. Then there is the problem with the end of the beak, how did I manage to place a light yellow piece of fabric there? The yellow is from the Forget Me Not collection.

I wasn’t real happy with the blue background or the eagle itself so I went back to work. This is much better. For the large stars I paper pieced the points and used the AccuQuilt 2″ finished square to cut the center and corners with my GO! Big. For the friendship stars the 2″ finished square and half square triangle die. The eagle is paper pieced and I used a pd stock image I found online and modified it a little bit to fit my need.

The dark blue border fabric I wanted to use as much as I could since this will be gifted to a veteran wounded in action.

Here it is all sewn together, much better. Just ignore all the cords please.

A closer look at that border fabric, gotta love the pockies.

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This was a first for me, Hobbs Poly-Down Polyester batting. It has a nice loft and feels so much softer than the normal high loft poly batting. It went in the laundry Monday and it did shrink up more than a low loft but if you like the fluff you’ll love this batting.

Below is after laundering, its so fluffy and I feel better about my quilting. Just so you know, it doesn’t get smaller as you go down its my photography skills. Not really, I have boxes stacked for a baby shower this weekend and couldn’t kneel.

It’s also been cold and snowing or raining since I finished so outside photos were impossible.

eagle quilt

The most rewarding part of this challenge is presenting the quilt to my school mate Darrell who fought for us and was wounded in the middle east. Enzo photo bombing hoping Darrell was going to lay it out of the floor to get his photo taken too. Wonder if I have enough fabric left to make and quilt for QOV?


Last but certainly not least I have to give a shout out to Schmetz Needles for their Mictotex Sharp Chrome Needles that I have been using faithfully since receiving my very pack last year.

The Giveaway

Island Batik is giving away a precut bundle of Citrus Sun so don’t forget to enter the rafflecopter below.

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To view links and other collections click here.

Linking up with Quilting Gail for TGIFF and…

Linky parties I join frequently
Join me every Thursday for Put your foot down.


Design Wall
To-Do Tuesday

Colour Inspiration and linky party
Wednesday Wait Loss,

Midweek Makers,

Quilting and learning
Off the wall Friday, 

Whoop whoop

Peacock Party


  1. What a great tribute. The batik fabric colors are so crisp and clear, they really make your piecing and design shine.

  2. Wow this is gorgeous. Thank you for sharing and inspiring. I am sure your friend loves it and it is perfect to snuggle into.

  3. This is a gorgeous quilt, Denise. Well done!! I love Batiks. The sew together so nice with little stretching.

  4. Such beautiful quilt! Another great design!

  5. Great use of the fabrics! I love the eagle and I’m glad you were able to gift it to someone you knew.

  6. Absolutely gorgeous design, Denise! And so cool that Darrell was the recipient. Way to go!


  7. This is so gorgeous!

  8. Wow! I love this, especially the eagle center! For the love of eagles! This is amazing, and so great that you could gift it to someone you know.

  9. This is a beautiful quilt that went to a very deserving veteran. Thanks for sharing and for all you do.

  10. Lovely quilt Denise. Great design. Love the eagle in the center.

  11. Maryellen McAuliffe
    Maryellen McAuliffe

    Great job. I love the eagle and the stars. Thanks to your friend for his service!

  12. […] my finish for the “Create for a Cause” Blog Hop with Island Batik, you can view the post here. The full hop schedule with links to all the IBA blogs can be viewed […]

  13. Great quilt Denise! I love the way those star blocks look on point and your Eagle is fabulous. Great quilt, great cause.

    • These are my favorite stars but only if they are on point. Several years ago I made a whole quilt with these blocks on point and I love it, its been on my bed since.

  14. […] Quilt by Denise Looney of For the Love of Geese […]

  15. What a fabulous gift…to a veteran, to a friend…I love your eagle and that fabulous fabrics…especially the words in the border!

  16. I was amazed at your beautiful eagle, then to find out that you made it twice! They are both wonderful What a great quilt to give your friend to thank him for his service. He looks very pleased to get it.

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